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Our vacation that went from Magic to Tragic…

Well we “attempted” to have a nice family vacation for what I believe might be the last time since Rebecca will be graduating from college in May. But noooo I think sometimes that is toooo much to ask for in “my life.”

We have gone to Disney to celebrate the holidays for the last ummm five years, we have had some really good laughs and times during these weeks, we’ve also had a few bad experiences with Disney during these weeks but somehow as the “last family fling” Rebecca and I thought it fitting that we return to the most “magical place on earth.”

Things were fine the first day or two the usual craziness of what to go on, what to run and get fast passes for, what Ainsley would enjoy, and a well needed haircut for Geoffrey, but when the third day hit that was “it.” That was the day our Disney vacation went from Magic to Tragic!

There were some problems back at work and Geoffrey spent the rest of the vacation on park benches talking on the phone. This hurt me a lot! I felt sooo bad for Geoffrey but at the same time I felt bad for our little family! All I kept thinking as I looked at my two girls was this is probably going to be the last time we all have a chance to go away together… And then the “next chapter” began to tear me up. Graduation for Rebecca and moving on with her “life.” I guess I have been putting off thinking about this for soooo long that it kind of smacked me in the face as I looked at her. I can remember when I was 21 and graduating from college, I knew that Geoffrey and I were going to get married so I was staying right where I was, looked for a job and defiantly was not moving back home. I was starting “my life” as an adult. And although times have changed sooo much and with the state of the economy I know it is much different I know that Rebecca most likely will be coming “home” for a year or so, but after that she will be “gone.” Gone from our house, no more, loud music, no more cell phone ringing all hours day and night, no more worrying about late nights, or no more time with the two of us sitting and chatting about life on the couch. Those days are quickly coming to an end. She will be going into the world as an adult and leaving my memories of my little daughter behind.

So as I sat on the many many benches at Disney this is what kept going thru my mind. She’s a good girl, (young lady) she knows right from wrong and now it’s her turn, and I just pray that she will be safe and have a good life. Well, we have 4 more months until graduation I guess I better keep a large stock of Kleenex between now and then!

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  1. Awww they grow up way to fast. I am sure you daughter is a smart and responsible young lady. I am sure she will do fine on her own. Although it's probably easier to say then think. I dread when Brad goes off to college. He will be a freshman next year. Where has the time gone. Sorry that your vacation went from Magic to Tragic.

  2. Hi Shelley!
    It's been a while since I've stopped by! I'm sorry about your family vacation. What a bummer. I know, though, that your family has many good memories together, so they will carry those with them even though this one may not have gone as planned.

    I have five more years until I'm facing one leaving the nest. I can't believe it. I know it will fly by.

  3. It's really hard to watch our kids grow up. My daughter is the same age as yours. I understand!!

  4. That's a bummer! I'm sorry. :( I'm sure it's hard watching your kids grow up!
    Thanks for stopping by my blog – Thankfully Thrifty.

  5. Stopping by from SITS

    I can understand that. I just graduated from college 3 years ago. It was a little easier for my family though because I didn't move from my parents, they moved from me! But it definitely took us a few years to adjust to it all. Hopefully though your little family will just expand on those family vacations :)

  6. sorry it did not work out – but you know – I'm 44 and we still go on family vacations – great ones. And now my kids go too…. don't lose hope.

    Love to you

  7. I know it's hard for you, Shelley, and I don't have many words of wisdom to share. Just know that you have a great family, you all love each other, and that'll be enough to get you through these changing times.